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There are 3 people in my family. My 40 Gigs disk is particioned 4 ways. Its 10 Gigs for system (that is Windows XP) and 10 Gigs for each of the family members including myself. Now...
I have installed Mandreke 8.2 on my system particion. I left 8 Gigs for Windows (thats where I install all my software exluding games). So Mandrake was left with aprox 2 Gigs to do as he pleases. The installer made 3 new particions in the 2 Gig space I left at his disposal. Later on in the insallacion process I was asked for the packages I wish to Install (mind You I have no clue about how linux works) and even though I chose only what seemed imprescindible to me I quikly ran out of space. DEAMN...
How much space do I need. What packages will I need. I want Internet acces (to ask more stupid questions), I need my mp3 playin (otherwise I go into shock, its preatty ugly) and umm... I do grafik design but for that Ill probably stay with Bill.
well it'll be the development packages that take up the space. you can hopefully appreciate that running windows on 2GB wouldn't be fun (not that it *ever* is... ) so you can't expect linux to run completely happily under that little space either. if you don't intend to compile any programs from source (which is pretty common btw) then you can remove all the development tools, which will probably free almost 300mb or more... after that it's all down to what you do or don't want. also if you consider yourself either l33t or genuinely good with computers, you may want to dump gnome and kde, which will also free up space, but much less. as for playing mp3's... well you could install say, 70mb of linux and be able to play mp3's no problem.
If you are as good as those l33t mods, then you could look for and install an mp3 player that has no graphic interface, it's all console! Check out a program called MP3blaster. Very slimmed down, I think it's only 10mb or so. Good luck.
BTW, you may want to look into Linux a bit more, you may want to devote your 10GB to Linux instead of asking for a reboot each time you play an MP3 and try to edit a picture (ie windows). Also, if you are into Graphic design there are loads of programs for Linux, and a lot of them come bundled with certain distros, which means they are FREE. If you want to keep maybe a GB for games on Winblows, then you'd have plenty more for a Good OS that will allow you to listen to music AND have a functioning PC all at the same time.
You can install on this 2 gigs. But you need to choose the packages manually. Choose "expert" mode (you need to partition yourself). Create one partition for swap (128 megs) and the rest will be root partition (mount point: /).
When it comes to package selection, don't choose "Development" and all servers. Browse the package list and deselect bigger ones (read descriptions, if you think it'll be usefeful, leave it). There are small mp3 players for console or XMMS for X (I think you'd like to use X). Don't install games (it takes a lot of space), don't install howtos and manulas (you can read them online and they're big).
Linux can live on a very small amount of space relative to Winblows, but you are running out of space due to the number of packages Mandrake is installing.
Mandrake comes with over 2500 apps, that in total take up over 2.5 GB in the /usr directory alone. I suggest you consider giving Linux at least a 5 GB partition as just / if you are low on drive space.